Thursday, December 16, 2010
CNN iReport roundtable: Thursday at 3 p.m. ET

Please join us here on the blog at 3 p.m. ET for our weekly roundtable discussion. This will be the last roundtable of 2010, so we're looking forward to answering your questions.

 

We'll open comments at 3 p.m. ET and will talk with you then.

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December 16, 2010
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Hi everyone and welcome to the roundtable. Hope everyone's been doing well.

December 16, 2010
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Is anybody actually sitting in front of a round table? Mine is sort of hexagony.

December 16, 2010
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We're in little mini cubicles, so our desks are sort of triangular.

December 16, 2010
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I've never had to sit in a cubicle, thank heavens. Where is everybody?

December 16, 2010
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Hi Brett,

I'm not sure where everyone is. I'm sure a lot of folks are busy with the holidays.

Do you have any questions or suggestions, while you're here?

December 16, 2010
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Since this is the last roundtable for the year, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

December 16, 2010
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This is sort of like that Twilight Zone episode "Five Characters in Search of an Exit," except there's only three of us.

December 16, 2010
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Hi KCRep. We figured that everyone would be to busy to come next week.

December 16, 2010

Now I can picture you guys in your little boxes, shouting things back and forth.. Maybe even tossing who knows what over the tops. Is Henry in here?

December 16, 2010
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I want to see a Holiday picture of Gil....

December 16, 2010
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Henry's finishing up a project.

Fortunately we don't have walls on the cubes, so we can all see each other.

December 16, 2010
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I see KC Rep...where is the KFC Rep? There's a problem with my order. I asked for three wings.

December 16, 2010
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Hi Everyone! ANAV here just stopping by real quick to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Keep up the good work! God Bless...

December 16, 2010
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I see there have been new Badge releases today...awesome!!

December 16, 2010
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Okay @KCRep look for one soon

December 16, 2010
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Why are some iReport assignments extremely popular, but when CNN interview a big star like Gwyneth Paltrow, the submissions are so (you should pardon the expression) paltry?

December 16, 2010
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LOL  BrettBayne...KFC is unhealthy, try El Pollo Loco lmao

December 16, 2010
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Welcome @BrettBayne

December 16, 2010

@davidw lol- Fortunately...

So what is the news of the day? I decided I am going to sue the Dollar Tree..

December 16, 2010
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Cool Henry...He is SO adorable!!!!

December 16, 2010

They sell toy too cheaply, every time we drive by, my kids want a toy- "But Dad, they are only $1.." Making a mockery of the woman suing McD's..

December 16, 2010
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The only big news I have today is that we rolled out a new series of profile badges today. That was why we had the site outage this morning.

 

You may have gotten a private message about that earlier today.

 

I'll be posting a blog with more details after the roundtable.

December 16, 2010
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On the Entertainment page, five of the six featured "iReport" segments feature me. I demand a special badge for that.

December 16, 2010

I see that, gave me a "Chatty" Badge.. how cute..lol

 

December 16, 2010
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@BrettBayne -- I'm not sure why some assignments don't do as well. I think some people aren't comfortable speaking on video, so they're reluctant to do that?

 

December 16, 2010
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Poof a new badge for BrettBayne lol

December 16, 2010
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@BrettBayne -- We'll probably have an interviewer badge at some point. We're going to do another round of designs in the new year.

December 16, 2010
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How odd that in a country where a New York Jets coach is comfortable tripping a player on the opposing team ON CAMERA, you can't find more people willing to make fools of themselves on video.

December 16, 2010

Sorry to hear that the "Hoff's" Show was canceled.. I saw the I-Report interview, did it see air time or only online?

December 16, 2010
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Readers are finicky sometimes, Dexter can get 8k hits one week and only 200 the next.

December 16, 2010
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Why'd the Leslie Mann interview get cancelled?

December 16, 2010
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Hey, everyone, the badges are cool...got something in mind for the millionaire's club..a million comments or a million views?..LOL

December 16, 2010
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I got through about 6 min. of the Hoff show, it was bad. 

December 16, 2010
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One thing that is coming soon is a new superstar badge.

We're going to retire the Superstar icon and give everyone who's ever been a Superstar the badge that will never go away.

 

I'm not sure of the timing yet, but it's going to be pretty close to the first of the year.

 

We want to start 2011 with a fresh slate.

 

 

 

December 16, 2010

The BIG news around here today is the Dentist who was sent to prison- He was "Originally" charged with 50 felony charges, but 49 of them were dropped?? He paid the DEA $50G and everyone seems happy except the local residents..

December 16, 2010
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Sounds good David

December 16, 2010
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@Liberty1955 -- I don't know if anyone's posted a million comments or not (I'll have to check it out) I'm curious now.

 

I'm not sure if we want to encourage people to post x number of comments because we might

December 16, 2010
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Have

December 16, 2010
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people

December 16, 2010
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try

December 16, 2010

@david, that is great news about the badges. I lost my status one time and it about crushed me.. I have been an I-Reporter since 2009 and have enjoyed every minute of it..

December 16, 2010
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That dentist is going to get some unique examination opportunities in the clink. And that's the tooth.

December 16, 2010
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I LOVE that snowflake iReport, those pictures had to be so hard to take....so clear...

December 16, 2010
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to pad their comments. I won't do that any more. It's really annoying

December 16, 2010
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david....what does "pad their comments mean"?

December 16, 2010
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One downside is that people won't have the little star next to their user names any more.

 

We're talking with design to see if there's a way to have some sort of representation of each iReporters' badges show up next to their avatar, but I don't know if it's possible or when we'd be able to do it.

December 16, 2010
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It's a lady thing.

December 16, 2010

I try to comment on as many things as I can.. Sometimes too many. I like the new assignment for true tv I think... I had a few to add.. lol

December 16, 2010
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funny, David..I've seen that but I always try to answer at least three comments with one post..but know what you mean..so why no Larry King tribute on IReport?

December 16, 2010

I was thinking- We need some more assignments on the page, sometimes I have I-Reports that don't apply to anything there. I find it difficult to find a category to stick it in.. Even a simple one of "I-Reports" would make the cut..

December 16, 2010
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KC Rep -- What i mean by pad is that i'm afraid that people will send a bunch of little comments to try to reach the million comment mark.

Sort of like i did by posting one word at a time.

 

December 16, 2010
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I'm just uploading a satirical video on Nancy Pelosi's last week as the Speaker of the House.  Is CNN going to do any kind of coverage on this remarkable feat of being the first woman to hold this seat?

December 16, 2010
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Gotta, run..Merry Christmas to all and Happy Holidays to some..enjoy yourselves!

December 16, 2010
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@DaElmer - If an iReport doesn't fit in a category just click none.

We use the categories to give people ideas and to organize stories on a topic.

 

When we're looking for stories to vet, we usually look at the list of latest iReports and look for things that are interesting.

 

We can also move a story into a category if we need to.

December 16, 2010
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oh, yes, we do have some ppl that do that, but I thought if a reporter comments on their own report no matter how many times, that it will only count as one comment right? Just like when you look at a report it only counts as one view no matter how many times that same person views it. 

December 16, 2010
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Hi i really need to ask u guys to check my one and only post and hear ur thoughts about it

December 16, 2010
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Hi ddonar -- I can't wait to see it. Your 12 days animations have been great.

 

I know the politics folks are working on their plan for the new Congress, but I don't know what it is yet.

 

 

December 16, 2010
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ddonar....You are amazing!!

December 16, 2010
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good morning everyone from the philippines

 

December 16, 2010
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Kumusta!

December 16, 2010
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Thanks, I guess I realize that being a cartoonist has it's benefits like creating stuff that is hard or expensive to do with live action.  I look forward to sharing my work and enjoy the collaborative effort Ireports promotes.

December 16, 2010

@ddonar Too much time on your hands? lol, I love the reports!

I wish HLN would use more I-reports than they do already..

December 16, 2010
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Hi VonAce -- I'm glad you checked that site out online and didn't give out your information.

December 16, 2010
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Hi Sherbien. Thanks for getting up early/staying up late for us.

December 16, 2010
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kumusta brett. i'm good

December 16, 2010
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so davidw wat do u think i should do

December 16, 2010
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you're welcome. just curious if there are new assignments before the year ends. thanks

December 16, 2010
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VonAce, I really don't know. If you opened any links from the person, I would change your passwords, but other than that, I don't know.

IT would probably be a good idea to google online scams and look for some sort of resources.

 

FTC.gov is a U.S. government site  that might have the info you need.

December 16, 2010
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Ha!  I know, but being a professor they expect us to do "creative" research...so I hope this counts!  I tell them it's peer reviewed stuff, I hope they believe me. 

December 16, 2010
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I don't know if we've got any assignments planned right now, but i'm not ruling it out.

December 16, 2010
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So ddonar, have your students seen your iReports? What do they say about them?

December 16, 2010

I like to post video replies to current events on TV, would be nice to have a category for those..

Merry Christmas Everyone, See you Next Year!!

December 16, 2010
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I have a suggested ongoing iReport assignment. Something like "Presidential Watch". These guys are roaming around cities across the nation and we can capture "stuff" to get it out there early.

December 16, 2010
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thanks david! and by the way sorry last time i uploaded a sensitive ireport and i think that's why it has a "not available" status. I re-edit the whole thing then put viewer discretion. congratulation also for the ruling the world... you have ireports around the world already. hope of seeing ireports of underwater, up in the air, inside caves etc... :)

December 16, 2010
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@EWillies1961 -- That could work really well.

The politics folks might be interested in that as things heat up

December 16, 2010
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@Sherbien -- I like where your heads at. If anyone knows any astronauts or scientists who can program a space probe to email an iReport, let me know.

 

December 16, 2010
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I've got to go, but thanks for coming everyone and for another great year at CNN iReport.

 

 

December 16, 2010
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:) i have a friend who has zero gravity experience and i'll ask him if he already bought a ticket to the spaceport of branson. or if he's in the philippines this christmas, i can ask an interview with him and ask permission to use his videos of zero gravity and other space experiments. I can only upload diving coz i got videos from my previos dives...

December 16, 2010
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thanks david! thanks everyone! merry christmas!!!

December 17, 2010
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merry xmas to all of you kisses

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